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    IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Hi,

    Looking for others with IBS that have experienced this. If I have a BM that is very dry/in hard small bits, some of them have what looks like fine grooves running down them. Itís like itís been moulded by the grooves in your bum as it comes out! Or is it from it being so dry? Theyíre like perfectly formed grooves and itís been this way for a couple of years.

    Would a tumour do this? Itís not hemmerhoids because Iíve had a rigid sigmoidoscopy.

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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishmanpa View Post
    Poop floats and it sinks
    It's different colors and it stinks.
    It can be hard or soft like mush
    Do your business and just flush!
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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Groovy stools (lol) are most likely caused by constipation, and slow transit in the colon, or good old internal haemorrhoids.

    By the description of your BMs - you're constipated.

    When was your sigmoidoscopy done?
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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    Groovy stools (lol) are most likely caused by constipation, and slow transit in the colon, or good old internal haemorrhoids.

    By the description of your BMs - you're constipated.

    When was your sigmoidoscopy done?
    I only ever get this when I’m constipated. The sigmoidoscopy was in February and found no internal haemorrhoids.

    The grooves are pretty perfectly formed which is strange, like a Reece’s piece but way more subtle. Could a tumour be causing this? I’ve never seen it on normally former BMs. Just the little really hard ones (tmi!)

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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by WorriedOlive View Post
    I only ever get this when I¬’m constipated. The sigmoidoscopy was in February and found no internal haemorrhoids.
    That's 3/4 of a year ago - maybe one has popped up in the meantime?

    The grooves are pretty perfectly formed which is strange, like a Reece¬’s piece but way more subtle. Could a tumour be causing this? I¬’ve never seen it on normally former BMs. Just the little really hard ones (tmi!)
    It's within the realms of possibility that it could be a small polyp, but before you freak out - most are benign - and even those which are pre-cancerous are removed before they have chance to cause problems. It takes a long time for a polyp to turn cancerous - between 10 and 15 years.

    Or it could just be down to the tone of the old tea towel holder (your anus)

    You know that song. 'Groove is in the Heart? Well I've had this song in my head since I read your post, only it's 'Groove is in the Shit'. I blame you! (yes, this is how my mind works)

    Have I got it right that you're saying that you only notice grooves when you're constipated?

    If so, it can't be a tumour etc because the grooves would be there all the time, unless you have the shits. You get me?
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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    That's 3/4 of a year ago - maybe one has popped up in the meantime?
    Iíve noticed it for a couple of years now, itís not a new thing, just something Iíve started to worry about since my BC fear has began.

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    It's within the realms of possibility that it could be a small polyp, but before you freak out - most are benign - and even those which are pre-cancerous are removed before they have chance to cause problems. It takes a long time for a polyp to turn cancerous - between 10 and 15 years.
    Thatís very worrying as Iíve recently posted about worry of blood in poo and all sorts of stomach issues! Seeing a gastroenterologist on Monday. I have an overwhelming fear that I have Bowel cancer and Iím only 26. The ridges are over the whole surface and exactly the same size, wouldnít you need lots of little polyps all next to each other to create that kind of effect?


    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    Have I got it right that you're saying that you only notice grooves when you're constipated?
    Yes itís only then

    Freaking out :(

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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Olive, with respect, engage your brain eh?

    1. It's highly unlikely that you had blood in your poo. It is 99.9% certain that it was the indigestible bits of tomato and red pepper.

    2. Stomach issues rarely equate to cancer.

    3. The clincher for me is the fact that these ridges are not there all the time. Think about it. If you had lots of polyps in your colon, isn't it more likely that you would see them all the time unless your BM was so loose it wasn't formed?

    You've had a camera up your bum. If you had polyps, you would know about it.
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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    Groovy stools (lol)


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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Thanks NoraB

    You really help put things in perspective.

    Come to think of it, a better way to describe my issue is that it comes out like a dehydrated raisin (but not as small), so I presume thatís most likely a constipation thing? Do BMs dry up and wrinkle?

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    Re: IBS - grooves/ridges in stool

    Quote Originally Posted by WorriedOlive View Post
    Do BMs dry up and wrinkle?
    Yes they do.

    Drink more water and drizzle a tsp of olive oil onto your food. (or chug it straight from the bottle like my mother did )

    Your body is telling you that it's dehydrated so you need to hydrate and lubricate.
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